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Downtown Classic Car Show

  • Event Details and Map

    The 14th Annual Downtown Classic Car Show will take place on Saturday, July 9, 2016 from 9:00am to 4:00pm.     Stroll down memory lane during the 14th Annual Downtown Classic Car Show while enjoying the many shops and restaurants that Downtown St. Catharines has to offer.  Over 400 fantastic classic and custom cars will be on display along St. Paul Street and other downtown streets, along with live entertainment and family friendly activities.  Free admission, free registration.  Keep up to date with Downtown Classic Car Show news on our Facebook page here.

    Some things to keep in mind while attending our Downtown Classic Car Show:

    Park for free at City-owned garages and parking lots downtown. We recommend parking in the Ontario Street parking garage or the Garden Park/Carlisle Street parking garage.  For more information on parking, visit the City of St. Catharines’ website. Please be aware that street parking is not available on the streets closed for the car show, unless you are a classic car exhibitor.

    Walk, don’t ride, bikes and skateboards through the car show.

    Take care when getting close to the classic cars. Belts, buckles and purses can cause damage to the finish on these vintage vehicles.

    Street closures for the car show:  St. Paul Street from Ontario Street to Carlisle Street, then St. Paul Street from Carlisle Street to Court Street.  Also, William Street (from St. Paul to the entry of the parking garage), Queen Street (from St. Paul to King) and James Street (from St. Paul to King) close at 7 am and reopen at 5 pm.  The Downtown Classic Car Show is proudly presented by the St. Catharines Downtown Association (phone 905-685-8424, email

    Below is the map for 2016.  Google Map shows location of Information Tent.


    Downtown car show map v2


  • Info For Custom and Classic Car Exhibitors

    The 14th Annual Downtown Classic Car Show will take place in Downtown St. Catharines on Saturday, July 9, 2016.

    No registration, admission or parking fees. No advance registration.  Pre-1986 vehicles preferred.  Special giveaways on arrival for the first 300 cars, including a chance to win a prize in our door prize raffle.

    Please arrive between 7:00am and 9:00am for best parking placement within the show area.  Please do not arrive earlier than 7:00am to park your custom or classic vehicle, or YOU WILL RISK HAVING YOUR VEHICLE TOWED.  Volunteers from the Niagara Corvette Club will assist exhibitors with parking and placement of their cars starting at 7:00am.  There are two points of entry:  St. Paul Street at Ontario Street / Westchester Cres., and St. Paul Street at Carlisle Street.  We will have volunteers posted at each point of entry, handing out goodie bags to each exhibitor. You will NOT receive a goodie bag if you arrive earlier than 7:00am.

    If you would like to park near or with your friends, please all arrive together as it is extremely difficult to save spots.  Once parked, we encourage you to stay through the afternoon while the thousands of visitors enjoy strolling the downtown streets viewing the vintage and custom cars on display.


  • Breakfast & Other Dining

    Arriving early to park your custom or classic car?  Try one of our great downtown dining spots for breakfast on the morning of the car show.  There are even more choices for lunch or dinner, or a cool drink on a patio. Check out our full listing of dining establishments in Downtown St. Catharines here on our website:


    Serving breakfast on Saturday, July 9, 2016:

    The Carlisle Café, 259 St. Paul St.               open at 8:00 am                Full hot breakfast

    Christina’s Eatery, 52 St. Paul St.                 open at 8:00 am                Full hot breakfast

    Coffee Culture, 196 St. Paul St.                    open at 6:00 am                Breakfast sandwiches, baked goods

    Greek Garden, 459 St. Paul St.                    open at 7:30 am                Full hot breakfast

    Helen's Deli, 50 James Street                      open at 8:00 am                Baked goods, coffee

    Kully's, 223 St. Paul St.                                 open at 10:00 am              Full hot breakfast

    Mahtay Café, 241 St. Paul St.                      open at 8:00 am                Breakfast sandwiches, baked goods

    Patrick Sheehan’s Irish Pub, 101 St. Paul    open at 8:00 am                Full hot breakfast

    Small Batch Co.  204 St. Paul St.                   open at 10:00 am        Fresh juices, sandwiches

    Subway                                                        open at 7:00 am                 Breakfast sandwiches

    Sunset Restaurant, 180 St. Paul St.             open at 7:00 am                Full hot breakfast

    Tim Horton’s                                                  open at 6:00 am                Breakfast sandwiches, baked goods


  • Vendors / Car Show Merchandise

    Stop by the information tent on St. Paul Street near James Street to buy your car show souvenirs.  T-shirts will be for sale.    All classic car exhibitors will receive a numbered raffle ticket upon entry to the car show grounds. Check in at the information tent after 11:00 am to see if you have won a prize!

    In addition to all the fine businesses in Downtown St. Catharines (see full directory here), there will be vendors and exhibitors set up throughout the car show.

    Hospice Niagara 5 Car Draw

    City of St. Catharines

    CFBU Brock University Student Radio

    TSN Radio 1150

    97.7 HTZ-FM

    105.7 EZ Rock

    Old Fashion Lemonade

    Canadian Hot Rods Magazine

    Citation Automotive Products

    Pro Battery Shops

    Smooth Moves Niagara

    Gryfan's Gear

    Niagara River Lions

    Scotties Tournament of Hearts






  • Kids' Zone

    Paint a Car                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Bring your kids to the Downtown Classic Car Show and instill a love of cars in them at an early age.  The Kids' Zone will be located on St. Paul Street near the corner of Bond Street. This interactive children’s area will feature our very popular Paint-A-Car activity where kids will be able to paint a vehicle (graciously donated by Millers Auto Recyling), as well as face painting & bouncy fun from Niagara Inflatables. Scouts Canada St. Catharines Area will be bringing their Kub Kars, and Chess Nation - Niagara will have their giant chess board set up!  

  • Summer Sale Promotion

    Many of our Downtown St. Catharines retailers are holding SPECIAL SUMMER SALE PROMOTIONS in their stores on Saturday July 9, 2016 - Downtown Classic Car Show Day!  Check out a full list of downtown shops here


    Auds 'n Ends Consignment Boutique, 32 James Street

    Boot Shop (The), 46 James Street

    D'Lish Tasteful Gifting, 144 St. Paul Street

    Gwen’s Teas, 163 St. Paul Street

    Lousje & Bean, 39 James Street 

    Mindbomb Records, 27 James Street:  15% off Everything (except gift cards & tickets)

    Mostly Comics, 413 St. Paul Street:  $1 Back Issues in Bins

    Park's Furniture, 316 St. Paul Street:  Ashley floor model clearance

    Ryson's Music, 5 Court Street:  50% off select music books

    Vape Cove, 1 St. Paul Street:  15% discount off select items




















  • Entertainment and Cosplay Contest

    In addition to the hundreds of custom and classic cars on display, there is plenty of entertainment on the streets of Downtown St. Catharines.  We are excited to have Alex Kazam (performance artist - magician, juggler) returning again this year to amaze and astound the thousands of visitors downtown.  See Alex Kazam on St. Paul Street near James Street. 

    We also welcome back Chicks on Sticks, our lovely and energetic stilt walkers with their balloon art creations. Also, look for appearances by the Niagara Ice Dogs Cheerleaders.

    See the Batmobile! Meet Brampton Batman from 11:00am to 3:00pm on St. Paul Street near Court Street.

    The St. Catharines Downtown Association and Mostly Comics are pleased to present a Superhero Cosplay Costume Competition during the Downtown Classic Car Show!  There will also be a variety of live music performances from Ryson's Music!  The cosplay competition will take place at 1:00 p.m. on on St. Paul Street near Court Street. Open to adults and children. Prizes to be won!  See registration form below:

    More live entertainment can be found at our entertainment pitches, including live music at 123 St. Paul Street and 301 St. Paul Street.


  • Sponsors

    The St. Catharines Downtown Association wishes to extend our thanks and appreciation to our Downtown Classic Car Show sponsors and supporters.



    Black Magic / ITW Permatex Canada                Black Magic 2016





    Canadian Hot Rod Magazine                    Canadian Hot Rod


    City of St. Catharines                             St Cath logo 2015


    Miller’s Auto Recycling, Fort Erie                   Millers resized

    Part Source, St. Catharines, Welland, Niagara Falls     PartSource resized


    ImPark / Wilson Blanchard                                          Wilson Blanchard resized

    Mostly Comics                                                  Mostly Comics 2016

    Ryson’s United Studios of Music                     Rysons logo 

    St. Catharines Standard, Niagara Falls Review, Welland Tribune     Sunmedia logos

    Loud + Clear                                               Loud clear



  • Photo Gallery

    Please visit our Flickr account to view photos from the 2015 Downtown Classic Car Show.